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Chicago’s Understated Sailing Center

Chicago’s Understated Sailing Center

It’s a site on Lake Michigan that’s to die for. On it is a structure that facilitates a university’s sailing program. Northwestern University’s new sailing center by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, lies north of downtown Chicago, its viewscape aligned perfectly with the skyscrapers of the Windy City to the south. It backs up to the limestone-clad [...]

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Many Shades of Gray at New Ravenna

Many Shades of Gray at New Ravenna

Sara Baldwin is nothing if not well-read. The owner of New Ravenna Mosaics on Virginia’s Eastern Shore says one of her favorite books is Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a 2008 tale of loyalty, courage and stranding strong in the face of danger. But when it comes to marketing her [...]

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In Dallas, a Park Bridging a Highway

In Dallas, a Park Bridging a Highway

A walk on a rickety bridge over an eight-lane highway in Dallas led architect Jim Burnett to one of the most rewarding landscape projects of his career. He was there to work on landscape designs for Robert A.M. Stern’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. Trying to reach Renzo Piano’s Nasher Museum, he had to cross that bridge [...]

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A Vineyard Estate at Sonoma Mountain

A Vineyard Estate at Sonoma Mountain

Aidlin Darling Design is doing some of the most consistently innovative work on the West Coast these days. Here we have a post from January 2014 on an estate that’s also featured in “Drawing from Practice“: While the rest of the architecture world was basically going Gaga over postmodernism in the mid-1980s, David Darling was [...]

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In Provence, a Campus Like No Other

In Provence, a Campus Like No Other

A+A continues its reach back into the archives today, this time with a post from October 2012, covering a small town in the south of France: If an art student can’t find inspiration here, it’s probably just not meant to be. High atop a hill in the tiny town of Lacoste, overlooking the Luberon Valley [...]

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Redrawing Le Corbusier’s Buildings

Redrawing Le Corbusier’s Buildings

From the A+A archives: Architect Steven Park, who works at Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago, has redrawn 130 of Le Corbusier’s plans, sections and elevations – all contained in “Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses,” from Princeton Architectural Press. We interviewed him in December 2012: Could you please describe the project’s origins? When did it begin?  [...]

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Drawing All the Buildings in New York

Drawing All the Buildings in New York

Once again, A + A is reaching back into its archives for posts of interest. This one’s from Feb. 25, 2011, and it covers one individual’s ambition to sketch every building in New York: By his own admission, James Gulliver Hancock is something of an obsessive. The Australian native, now living in New York, has [...]

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A New Film: Girl with a Pearl Earring

First of all, she has no eyebrows. But piffle! – the viewer barely notices. The Girl with a Pearl Earring – perhaps Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting – is so mysterious and enticing that eyebrows hardly matter. It’s the subject of a new film opening in U.S. theaters for one night only on June 23, [...]

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Timeless New Lighting from MGA&D

Timeless New Lighting from MGA&D

Anyone tuned in to CBS Sunday Morning on May 31 couldn’t possibly have missed seeing the soft-spoken gentleman with his blue-handled, stainless steel teakettle, a red bird perched at the end of its spout. That wasn’t just any teakettle. It was the Alessi Whistling Bird Teakettle by Michael Graves Architecture and Design – an iconic, [...]

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American Architects + Italian Artisans

American Architects + Italian Artisans

It’s been called the intersection of American architecture and Italian manufacturing. Last week in Manhattan, the Italian magazine Interni magazine hosted, in conjunction with Salone de Mobile Milano, a series of talks during Design Week. “Our magazine turned 60 last year and to celebrate we started a little world tour with the main aim to [...]

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